Virtual smile makeovers (dental work simulator) -
(Why not submit your own picture for a digital makeover? - It's free!)
What kinds of cases have we simulated?
- Ever wonder what you'd look like with straighter teeth? - We've certainly done digital makeovers for people that illustrate that. (link)
- Or are you curious about how porcelain veneers (link) or dental crowns (link) can be used to create the perfect smile? We have plenty of virtual makeovers that showcase that type of transformation too.
Here are 5 ways you can sort through and view our database of digital makeovers.
- Recently completed cases. - This group of makeovers covers a wide range of dental conditions and their solutions.
(Note: If you're considering submitting your own picture for a simulation, looking at our most recent cases can give you an idea of the level of image quality we're currently looking for.)
- Recently viewed cases. - This is a sampling of makeovers that other website visitors have found interesting.
- Dental condition and procedure categories. - We've noticed that a lot of our cases are similar, either by way of their initial situation or the procedures used to treat them, so we've organized them into groups.
- Applications pages. - These pages explain how different types of dental procedures can be used to remedy common dental problems.
- If you'd like, you can also search through our collection of virtual smile makeovers by case title.
1) Recent cases.
Replacing deteriorated tooth bonding.
This person submitted their picture for a makeover simulation, stating that they had had the white filling placed on their...
a) Replacing old tooth bonding. - The white filling on this person's right central incisor has deteriorated. This makeover explains how it might just be replaced with new bonding, or else porcelain veneers.
Using crowns and veneers to adjust the comparative lengths of front teeth.
This digital smile makeover provides an example of how dental crowns (or possibly even...
a) Creating smile symmetry. - This smile has an abnormal look. This makeover shows how restoring the relative lengths of the teeth can return this smile to a customary appearance. b) Dental crowns and veneers. - We discuss how these types of restorations can be used to make changes, as well as the potential complication associated with placing them.
Stepping up to porcelain veneers from dental bonding.
When this person submitted a photo of their smile for a virtual makeover, it wasn't so clear to us what...
a) Porcelain veneers - This virtual makeover gives an idea of how placing a set of veneers can be used to create an overall improvement for a smile. b) Vs. dental bonding - It also explains why (for this case) porcelain restorations make a better choice than bonding.
Replacing dental work used to close a tooth gap.
This virtual smile makeover involves a case where the person originally had a large gap between their center two...
a) Tooth gap - In part due to missing lateral incisors and a fibrous frenum, this person has a diastema (space) between their center teeth. b) Dental bridge - Initially this person had a dental bridge placed to close the gap. We show how a replacement bridge could improve their smile's appearance. c) Dental crowns - Placing crowns on the upper 1st bicuspids helps to fill out and give this smile a more harmonious look.
More ... view all recently completed cases.
2) Cases viewed by other website visitors.
(Click the picture to view the case.)
3) Smile makeover categories - by dental procedure and condition.
a) Applications for these cosmetic dental procedures:
b) Makeovers that involve straightening teeth:
- Braces - Complex/Full treatment cases.
- Braces - Minor/Partial treatment cases.
- 'Straightening' teeth with crowns/veneers (instant orthodontics).
c) Cases involving these these dental conditions:
- Tooth gaps.
- Worn teeth.
- Teeth in crossbite.
- Tooth Staining
- General applications for teeth whitening.
- Missing lateral incisors.
- Peg lateral incisors.
d) Smiles requiring tooth replacement:
e) Other techniques and issues:
f) Other makeover groupings:
4) Applications pages - What techniques do we illustrate?
Here's an overview of the types of cosmetic dental procedures we feature in our makeover simulations. With each one, we link to "applications" pages that discuss how that procedure can be used to correct specific types of dental conditions.
a) Porcelain veneers (including Lumineers®).
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded onto the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. These veneers can be an excellent way to make a cosmetic change for a tooth. As compared to dental bonding, they usually look more natural and resist staining better.
As a disadvantage, porcelain veneers are usually more expensive and, if used in the wrong application, can be prone to breaking. Unlike dental bonding, if a porcelain veneer does break, typically the whole veneer must be replaced. They usually cannot be patched or repaired.
View virtual makeover cases that feature porcelain veneers:
- General applications for veneers page.
- Closing tooth gaps with veneers page.
- "Straightening teeth with veneers vs. orthodontic treatment page.
Dental crowns can be used to make the same type of cosmetic changes for teeth that porcelain veneers can. However, unlike veneers which only cover over the front side of teeth, crowns cup over and encase the entire tooth.
In comparison to porcelain veneers, dental crowns are stronger and more durable. But because making a crown involves trimming away a significant amount of tooth structure, they usually aren't the best choice for making a cosmetic change unless the tooth also requires the non-cosmetic benefits that a crown can provide. Like porcelain veneers, there is typically a fair amount of cost involved when dental crowns are placed.
View smile makeovers that feature dental crowns:
- Closing tooth gaps using dental crowns page.
- "Straightening" teeth with dental crowns vs. orthodontic treatment page.
- Vertical overbite tooth damage makeovers page.
- Teeth worn from tooth grinding makeovers page.
- Possible potential complications associated with crown placement page.
The term "dental bonding" can refer to a number of different, yet related, dental techniques. In general, after a tooth's surface has been properly prepared, dental bonding can refer to any process where a dentist attaches white-colored dental filling material to a tooth.
Dental bonding might be used to improve the appearance of an isolated defect on the surface of a tooth, to replace tooth structure that has chipped or broken off, or to repair damage caused by tooth decay. This technique can also be used to resurface the entire front side of a tooth, strictly for cosmetic purposes.
When compared with other cosmetic procedures, dental bonding can be relatively inexpensive. And placing it is completed in a single visit. One disadvantage of dental bonding is that it has a tendency to stain over time and, in general, isn't as lasting or durable as other types of restorations. However, if dental bonding does chip or break it can usually be easily patched or repaired.
View digital makeover cases that feature dental bonding:
- General applications for dental bonding page.
d) Teeth whitening.
Using a teeth-whitening process can be one of the simplest and least expensive ways to make a substantial cosmetic improvement with a person's smile. There are a number of different whitening techniques that might be employed, including:
- In-office whitening treatments.
- Tray-based teeth whitening.
- Whitening strips.
- Paint-on teeth whiteners.
While most tooth-whitening techniques can usually be counted on to produce at least some color change for a person's natural teeth, they will not (with a few exceptions) produce a lightening effect for existing dental work. Additionally, any tooth whitening that is achieved will have a tendency to fade over time.
View smile makeover cases that feature whitening teeth:
- Using tooth bleaching to resolve tooth staining page.